The Champlin Park boys basketball team is getting ready to tip off a new season ... and with plenty of optimism.
Three all-conference players return for the Rebels-- guards Ian Smith and J.T. Gibson and forward Brennan Witt. Their skill and experience should make this team a strong contender in the Northwest Suburban Conference.
The Rebels won 19 games a year ago. Champlin Park opens the season against Cooper Friday at 3 p.m. at the Hopkins Thanksgiving Tournament.
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